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Michael J. Fox Actor and Philanthropist


Michael J. Fox is an acclaimed actor and philanthropist, beloved worldwide for his acting in  Family Ties, the Back to the Future series, Spin City , and numerous award-winning roles in movies and television. During his seven years on Family Ties , he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease in 1991, and since then, he has committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson's research. Fox is among the luminaries to receive honorary degrees at Stony Brook University’s 2017 Commencement. The honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts recognizes a career that has brought international acclaim, as well as a dedication to charitable endeavor best exemplified by the founding and stewardship of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The foundation is credited as the world's largest nonprofit funder of drug development for Parkinson's disease.


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